Purpose Statement

Academic Achievement for every student by ensuring that they are effective users of ideas and information.


Be aware of "Fake News"!

In November, Stanford University published the results of a study that pointed out students of all ages are often not able to tell if a news article is biased or has credible information.
How do you tell  what you're reading is "fake" or not? Here is an info-graphic that might be useful!

How To Spot Fake News." IFLA -- How To Spot Fake News. International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, 7 Feb. 2017. Web. 7 Feb. 2017.

The District supports cloud computing via Microsoft Office. Here's Ms. Arthur's PowerPoint on How Ballard Students can use Office 365.pptx 
For more information, go to the Districts Office 365 Information page.

The library is on twitter!



Books - Find your next book to read

BHS Library Catalog
Your Next Read
YA Books Central
Teen Ink - Teen book reviews
Seattle Public Library's Teen page
New York Times Book Review
Barnes and Noble

Start Your Research

Quick Links to Databases

Access to these databases is automatic from school computers. For off-campus access see the librarian, or go to Password Information for Online Resources (requires SPS login)

Encyclopedias & General Reference


Newspapers, Magazines & Journals

Social Studies

Primary Sources

Web Links By Subject Matter

American History Mega Websites

Controversies & Issues


Country Information

CIA World Factbook

CultureGrams (SPS password required at home)



Class Projects

Science News Links

Business News


Library Catalog 
Online Student Resources
BHS Course Catalog pdf icon

Contact Info

Debora Arthur

Library Assistant
Lindi Wood

Phone: 206-252-1121
Main Office: 206-252-1000

7:45a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Mon-Thurs, 3:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Quick Links to Search Engines

Quick Look-Up Sources

Area Libraries


Citation Quick Handouts [pdf] Coming soon

  • APA Style Guide to Electronic References (6th ed.)
  • APA Style Guide
  • Chicago Style Guide
  • MLA Style Guide

Citation Management

Plagiarism Information & Resources

Writing Tools & Resources

Library Handouts


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